George HW, Barbara Bush continue to improve in hospital

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George H.W. Bush is breathing on his own and improving in the hospital.

Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara continue to improve after a hospital stay this week, according to family spokesperson Jim McGrath.

President Bush will likely stay in the intensive care unit for another few days, McGrath said. He was struggling to breathe when he was admitted to the hospital Saturday. He remains in the ICU for observation, but he's breathing well on his own, with minimal supplemental oxygen.

Bush was in high spirits and "in fact, he called his office last night at 6:30 p.m. to check in on his staff," McGrath said.

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Barbara Bush, 91, was admitted Wednesday and diagnosed with bronchitis after feeling fatigued and coughing for weeks. She could be released as early as Sunday, McGrath said.

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Former President George W. Bush offered thanks on Instagram Thursday for messages "of love and support for Mother and Dad."


"Your prayers are working: 41 and Mom are doing much better today and fighting on," he said in his first public comments about their illnesses.

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The Bushes were married Jan. 6, 1945, and have had the longest marriage of any presidential couple in American history. At the time of their wedding, he was a young naval aviator. She had been a student at Smith College.
After World War II, they moved to the Texas oil patch to seek their fortune and raise a family. It was there that George Bush began his political career, representing Houston for two terms in Congress in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

George Herbert Walker Bush, born June 12, 1924, in Milton, Massachusetts, also served as CIA director and Ronald Reagan's vice president.

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